A passenger on an American Airlines flight from Los Cabos, Mexico to Los Angeles, was arrested and banned for life after assaulting a flight attendant. The incident happened on Wednesday on American Airlines Flight 377 and was caught by another passenger. The video of the cellphone later surfaced on social media and went viral. The plane landed at Los Angeles airport just after 3.30 p.m. (local time) and the passenger was immediately removed by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials. Washington Post,
Los Angeles airport police arrested a man after assaulting a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight from Cabo. pic.twitter.com/2VDXxIqUfn
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A 33-second clip circulating on Twitter and other platforms shows a male flight attendant asking a passenger, “Are you threatening me?” As he turns around and walks down the aisle, the passenger, dressed in an orange floral shirt, runs from behind and hits the flight attendant with his fist in the back of the head.
In the clip, other passengers can be heard shouting “oh my god”. A traveler says, “What are you doing?”
An airhostess is then seen coming to the rescue of a flight attendant who is shot down. One of the eyewitnesses was quoted as saying New York Post That the attacker was stopped by other passengers using zip ties until he was removed from the flight.
The US Department of Justice in a release identified the attacker as 33-year-old Alexander Tung Kuu Le, a California resident. He has been charged with one count of interference with flight crew members, he said. new York TimesIt said he could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.
new York Times stated that the episode began 20 minutes after Flight 377 took off from Los Cabos Airport. Citing an affidavit filed by the FBI, the outlet said Mr Lay grabbed a flight attendant’s shoulder as he was providing food and beverages and asked for coffee. According to the affidavit, he then went to the front of the plant and sat in an empty row near the first class cabin. The FBI said that when another flight attendant asked Mr Lay to return to his seat, he clenched both his fists and took a “fighting stance”. The flight attendant then decided to report the behavior to the pilot and overturned after which Mr. Ley attacked him.
American Airlines later issued a statement in which it said, “Acts of violence against members of our team are not tolerated by American Airlines. The person involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with us in the future.” and we will work together with law enforcement in their investigation.”
The statement also thanked the crew members and said that the airline is giving them the support they need.